Writers' Trust Gala
November 25, 2014
Four Seasons Hotel, Toronto
Colin Mochrie kisses Margaret Atwood's hand. Photo by George Pimentel
Chairs: Rudyard Griffiths and Jennifer Lambert
Host: Colin Mochrie
The 2014 Writers' Trust Gala was hosted by comedian Colin Mochrie on November 25 in Toronto. In addition to raising funds in support of Writers' Trust programming, this year's gala was a celebration of Writers' Trust founder Margaret Atwood's 75th birthday.
Prominent Canadian authors joined business community leaders for a birthday bash fundraiser like no other. Thanks to star craftician Kalpna Patel, paper slices of birthday cake atop colourful hardcovers adorned each table, complete with Margaret Atwood's inspiring quote: "A word after a word after a word is power."
Friends Alice Munro, Valerie Martin, Joseph Boyden, and Vincent Lam offered personal messages via a short video, which also feautured daughter Jess Atwood Gibson and a special song from partner Graeme Gibson. Melanie Doane's Uschool succeeded in surprising the self-proclaimed unsuprisable guest of honour with a ukulele rendition of "Happy Birthday," after which birthday girl Margaret Atwood took the stage to thank the crowd, adding a few words in support of cultural creators. Read Margaret Atwood's speech.
Whether you attended or are just curious, use the Writers’ Trust Gala App to read about our featured authors, discover some interesting facts about our birthday guest of honour, and more. Get it now at writerstrust.com/galaapp.
Huge thanks to our 2014 Gala Committee members: Tracy Gomes, Rudyard Griffiths, Peter Kahnert, Jennifer Lambert, Amanda Lang, Marla Lehberg, RB Matthews, Neve Peric, Patti Thorlakson, Luc Vanneste, and Richard Ward.
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